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Floods in China leave more than 130 dead

BEIJING, July 11 (RIA Novosti) - Heavy rain and storms have caused flooding in the south and east of China leaving 131 people dead and 31 missing, with a further 1.2 million people being forced from their homes, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said.

The rain and storms raging since the end of June have affected around 36 million people, causing damage to 99,000 homes and buildings, as well as devastating more than 2.5 million hectares of farmland, the local media said citing the ministry.

The government has estimated the cost of the damage at $1.3 billion with losses to farmers standing at $760 million.

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